Saturday, April 11, 2009
Fish and Flowers
Can you spot that bit of orange optimism in the photo above? The shot below provides better proof that spring has convinced our pond fish to come out and play. These are all the offspring of 6 fish we popped into the pond perhaps ten years ago when Pater dug it out -- we've never fed them, and they thrive quite well on mosquito and other larva as well as on the pond plants they're nibbling on here. Their population (Icthy-ation?) gets thinned occasionally by a kingfisher and I worry about the raccoons now that Skeena's no longer here to keep them in check. But of the original six, there are now at least twenty and probably many more. I love those flashes of colour and life in the garden.
More colour? How about the China blue of scilla?
Or the raspberry-pink of ribes sanguineum (flowering red currant)?
Even on a windy day with clouds streaking the sky, these bright colours ensure that my mood stays spring-cheery.
For the readers and Paris-lovers among you: you might want to check out my recommendation of a lovely little novel set in Paris's 7th arrondissement -- a treat you could happily read in a garden (or inside in a cozy chair, for that matter!).